Your community of apartments for rent in Owasso is back with another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. April has been an eventful month, historically, for Oklahoma. In the month of April, there have been wild west shootouts, cities and settlements have been established, and outdated laws have been repealed. You can learn about these topics and more by reading through the list of historical events below.
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April 2nd, 1925 — Oklahoma State Flag Shield is Adopted
Did you know the state flag used to be a red flag with a white star? That flag started to look kind of funny after WWI, when white stars on red backgrounds began to be associated with communist Russia. Oklahoma scrapped the original flag and came up with a new one, which is the same flag it has today.
The shield was adopted in 1925, and it has a lot of different symbols that are worth knowing about. The olive branch and peace pipe represent the hope for peace between the Native Americans and the European settlers. The shield itself is the shield of warriors from the Osage Native American tribe. It’s a fascinating state flag, and one that Oklahomans should be proud of.
April 6th 1934 — Bonnie and Clyde Kidnap Police Chief in Commerce, Oklahoma
What sorts of crimes do you think of when you think of Bonnie and Clyde? Most people think of bank robberies, but Bonnie and Clyde actually spent most of their time in small towns. They would rob gas stations and bother local police, just like they did on April 6th in 1934 in Commerce, Oklahoma. The duo killed one police officer and kidnapped another. They drove the kidnapped police chief to the Oklahoma-Kansas border and dropped him off there.
April 7th 1959 — Oklahoma Ends 51 years of Prohibition
For most of the United States, prohibition ended in 1933, when the Twenty-first Amendment was signed. For Oklahomans, however, the prohibition of alcohol was not repealed until April 7th, 1959.
April 22nd, 1889 — Oklahoma City Settled
The state’s largest city was settled as part of a “Land Run.” Land Runs happened often when America was first being settled. Basically, the government would tell citizens they can go claim land in an otherwise unoccupied part of the state. 10,000 settlers went to Oklahoma City for the Land Run, and the rest is history.
April 30th, 1803 — Louisiana Purchase is Signed
This might be the oldest event in the history of This Month in Oklahoma History. Over 200 years ago, France signed the Louisiana Purchase agreement with the United States. This treaty gave most of western North America to the United States. This territory, of course, included land that is now known as Oklahoma.
With that, we’ve reached the end of our latest edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. We’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to read the latest edition of our blog series, and we hope you learned something interesting in this week’s blog post. We’ll be back in a couple weeks with another blog post for our residents, so be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily check it again in a couple weeks. While you wait for the next post to go live, you can follow us on social media to stay up to date with all the events, promotions and giveaways happening at your community of apartments for rent in Owasso.